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Business
7:21 am
Tue September 27, 2011

Living Or Dead, Who Belongs On A U.S. Stamp?

Until Monday, only people who had been dead for at least five years could appear on U.S. postage stamps. It was, in that way, a little like becoming a saint. But now the Postal Service is inviting suggestions for living people who deserve to be on a stamp. People can submit their ideas through Facebook and Twitter — and, of course, by mail.It's Morning Edition.

Author Interviews
3:41 am
Tue September 27, 2011

For One 'Wiseguy,' A Permanent Place In Mobster Lore

Crimelore(d): Wiseguy author Nicholas Pileggi
Sigrid Estrada

Originally published on Tue September 27, 2011 1:07 pm

Twenty-five years after its initial publication, Nicholas Pileggi's Wiseguy remains one of the signal narratives about life in the Mafia. Adapted by Pileggi and director Martin Scorsese into the 1990 film GoodFellas, it follows the rise and fall of true-life Brooklyn gangster Henry Hill — "a little cog" in the Lucchese crime family who turned FBI informant after a drug arrest.

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Election 2012
3:30 am
Mon September 26, 2011

Voters May Face Slower Lines In 2012 Elections

Elections are expensive. And with money tight, election offices across the country are facing cutbacks.

This means voters could be in for some surprises — such as longer lines and fewer voting options — when they turn out for next year's primary and general elections.

A lot of decisions about the 2012 elections are being made today. How many voting machines are needed? Where should polling places be located? How many poll workers have to be hired?

'We're Down To A Critical Level'

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Shots - Health Blog
3:30 am
Mon September 26, 2011

When It Comes To Pain Relief, One Size Doesn't Fit All

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When you get a headache or suffer joint pain, perhaps ibuprofen works to relieve your pain. Or maybe you take acetaminophen. Or aspirin. Researchers now confirm what many pain specialists and patients already knew: Pain relief differs from person to person.

Dr. Perry Fine is president of the American Academy of Pain Medicine. He also sees patients and conducts research at the University of Utah Pain Management Center.

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Fine Art
11:01 pm
Sun September 25, 2011

Andy Warhol's 'Headline': Sensationalism Always Sells

By 1985, Warhol's style had evolved substantially; on this untitled headline piece, he collaborated with Keith Haring.
National Gallery of Art

Originally published on Mon September 26, 2011 1:52 pm

Pop artist Andy Warhol died in 1987, but he's making his presence felt around the nation's capital these days. He's featured in an art fair, in restaurants, in galleries and in two major museums. The Hirschhorn Museum is exhibiting silkscreens and paintings Warhol did — of photographs of shadows. And the National Gallery of Art has its first one-man Warhol show, Headlines, focused on a series of paintings he made of Page One tabloid headlines.

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Economy
9:06 am
Fri September 23, 2011

A Greek Default Would Spread Debt Contagion

European leaders insist they will take all necessary measures to ensure Greece does not default on its debt. A default would throw Greece's economy — and the European banking system — into deeper crisis. But many financial experts are advocating an orderly default. They argue it will be painful but preferable to round-after-round of painful austerity measures and more uncertainty.

Around the Nation
6:47 am
Fri September 23, 2011

Hilton Denies It Overcharged DOJ For Muffins

Hilton Worldwide hosted a legal training conference for the Justice Department. News reports cited the department's inspector general saying Hilton billed the government $16 for each muffin. The company says its receipts were misinterpreted. Hilton says the price included fruit, a drink, tax and tips.

Around the Nation
6:41 am
Fri September 23, 2011

Volunteers In Indianapolis Gear Up For Super Bowl

Two thousand volunteers showed up for training recently. When the Super Bowl comes to Indianapolis, volunteeers will greet fans at the airport or give directions. The city's team, however, may not make it to the big game. The Colts are 0-2 so far this season.

Asia
6:33 am
Fri September 23, 2011

Pakistan Deals With Flooding, Terrorism Accusations

Originally published on Fri September 23, 2011 6:34 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, Host:

And let's go next to Pakistan, the scene of both a natural disaster and political turmoil. And we'll talk about the disaster first. NPR's Julie McCarthy is on the line from a flood zone in southern Pakistan. Julie, hi. Where are you?

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Around the Nation
5:53 am
Fri September 23, 2011

Marines React To Buddy 'Coming Out' On The Radio

Earlier this week, Marine Major Darrel Choat revealed on Morning Edition that he is gay. Choat made the statement on the day that "don't ask, don't tell" was formally repealed. That law had banned gays from serving openly in the military. Steve Inskeep checks back in with Choat to hear how those he serves with reacted to the news.

Asia
5:42 am
Fri September 23, 2011

Pakistan Responds To Sharp Accusation From U.S.

Pakistan lashed out at the U.S. for accusing the country's most powerful intelligence agency of supporting extremist attacks against American targets in Afghanistan. Steve Inskeep talks to Alex Rodriguez, a reporter for the Los Angeles Times, about what Pakistan had to say.

Games & Humor
5:28 am
Fri September 23, 2011

Video Game Simulates War Correspondent's Tasks

A video game being developed lets you in on what it's like to be a war correspondent. It's called Warco. Instead of carrying guns and weapons, players in this war game carry a video camera.

NPR Story
3:00 am
Fri September 23, 2011

'Moneyball' Revolutionizes How Baseball Is Played

The new film Moneyball opens in theaters this weekend. It is a rare sports movie that deals with more than wins and losses. It follows the entertaining, real-life quest of a sports revolutionary who wanted to rethink how baseball is played.

NPR Story
3:00 am
Fri September 23, 2011

Wounded President Returns To Yemen After Treatment

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh today returned to the country after more than three months in Saudi Arabia for medical treatment. He had left Yemen after being seriously injured in an attack. The country has faced turmoil in recent months as anti-government demonstrators called for the ouster of Saleh. For more on this development, Steve Inskeep speaks with journalist Tom Finn, who's in Sanaa.

NPR Story
3:00 am
Fri September 23, 2011

Sen. Alexander Gives Up Leadership Spot

The Senate leadership experienced a minor shakeup this week when Lamar Alexander announced he was giving up his number-three spot. He said he could accomplish more outside leadership than from within. NPR's David Welna explains why such an idea would have been considered outlandish, but not so much now in a highly polarized Senate.

Television
11:01 pm
Thu September 22, 2011

As 'All My Children' Ends, Susan Lucci Says Goodbye

Susan Lucci's character, Erica Kane, has served time for kidnapping, been accused of murder and cheated on her fifth and sixth husband, Travis, with his brother, Jackson — who later became Kane's 10th husband.
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Susan Lucci is the most famous actress in daytime drama, but her reign comes to an end on Friday, when her soap — ABC's All My Children — broadcasts its final episode.

Fans have been following the drama of Pine Valley — the fictitious Philadelphia suburb where the show takes place — since 1970, and much of that drama has revolved around Lucci's character, Erica Kane.

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NPR Story
11:00 pm
Thu September 22, 2011

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Fri September 23, 2011 3:00 am

Steve Inskeep has the Last Word in business.

Around the Nation
6:59 am
Thu September 22, 2011

Girl Scares Off Bear Inside Her Family's Kitchen

In Forest Falls, Calif., 12-year-old Kara Jackson walked into her family's kitchen and found a bear had wandered inside. Home alone, and lacking a weapon, Jackson clapped as loudly as she could, and scared off the bear.

Around the Nation
6:18 am
Thu September 22, 2011

Lake Erie Crushers Want Stomper's Head Returned

Stomper the bear is the mascot for the Lake Erie Crushers, a minor league baseball team in Ohio. Someone stole the bear's head from a storage closet. The mascot missed the Crushers' final home games.

Sports
5:48 am
Thu September 22, 2011

Some Pro Baseball Teams Restrict Energy Drinks

A story in USA Today reports some Major League Baseball teams are discouraging their players from consuming energy drinks. Others have banned the drinks from clubhouse refrigerators. The reason: There is a fear that the drinks will contribute to dehydration and other side effects.

Around the Nation
4:44 am
Thu September 22, 2011

Convicted Copy Killer Executed In Georgia

Georgia inmate Troy Davis was executed Wednesday night for the 1989 murder of an off-duty police officer. Davis maintained his innocence until the very end.

Middle East
3:00 am
Thu September 22, 2011

Obama Tries To Nudge Palestinians, Israel Back To Peace Talks

President Obama held separate meetings yesterday with the Israeli and Palestinian leaders on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly. Obama said there is no shortcut to Palestinian statehood. The administration is trying to revive peace negotiations.

Around the Nation
3:00 am
Thu September 22, 2011

Islamic Cultural Center Opens Near Ground Zero

The first phase of the Islamic Cultural Center near the World Trade Center has opened. Detractors have called it the ground zero mosque. As part of the opening for the Park51 center, invited guests got to see a photo exhibit of children from more than 160 countries who live in New York City.

Economy
3:00 am
Thu September 22, 2011

Cornett: Construction Is Good For The Economy And Psyche

A number of U.S. mayors have been in Washington this week for meetings at the White House and on Capitol Hill. Their message: We need help. Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett was in the group from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. And he was the sole Republican. Cornett talks to David Greene about the needs of cities amid the debate over federal budget cuts.

Around the Nation
3:00 am
Thu September 22, 2011

Judge Dismiss Ala. Challenge To Voting Rights Act

A federal judge in Washington, D.C. has upheld a key part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Shelby County, Alabama, had sued to get out from under requirements that it send all of its election changes to the federal government for pre- approval to protect the interest of minority voters. A judge threw out the lawsuit saying that Congress had acted within its power under the Constitution.

Music
3:00 am
Thu September 22, 2011

REM Calls Its Quits After 3 Decades Of Making Music

After 15 albums and 31 years in the music business, the band REM is breaking up. In a farewell to fans, frontman Michael Stipe wrote on the band's website that a wise man once said "the skill in attending a party is knowing when it's time to leave."

Europe
3:00 am
Thu September 22, 2011

IMF Downgrades Assessment Of Brain's Economic Growth

The British government has rejected calls for an easing of its austerity policy in favor of a new fiscal stimulus for the economy. The IMF cut its growth forecasts for Britain on Wednesday — warning that the country was in danger of slipping into recession.

Business
3:00 am
Thu September 22, 2011

Google Chief Defends Company's Search Practices

Google critics accuse the company of playing favorites with its search results. Google executives have always denied this, but the accusations haven't gone away. Eric Schmidt, the company's chairman, was on Capitol Hill Wednesday to answer questions about the company's business practices.

Business
3:00 am
Thu September 22, 2011

The Last Word In Business

Steve Inskeep has the Last Word in business.

Sports
3:00 am
Thu September 22, 2011

'Moneyball' Is More Than Just Baseball Stats

The movie Moneyball opens Friday. Based on the Michael Lewis book, it focuses on the rise of advanced statistical analysis in Major League Baseball.

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